COVID-19 Financial Assistance

The COVID-19 health crisis has affected our island community with job loss, financial insecurity, and isolation. We’re here to help individuals and families who qualify through financial assistance to help pay rental costs, utility bills or meet other basic needs such as buying groceries.

You may be eligible to receive financial assistance if your household meets the funding source criteria. Please note that you will need to submit basic documentation to verify eligibility, including ID, income verification, and documentation of the COVID-19 related loss of income.

Through our partnerships with Hawaii Community Foundation, Aloha United Way and other funding sources, we are coordinating funds to qualifying individuals and families struggling to make ends meet as a result of COVID-19.


Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Community Assistance Program – Funds for KAUA‘I

Financial assistance for Kaua‘i residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will provide financial assistance to at-risk individuals and families for housing costs such as rent, security deposit or utilities or purchase of supplies, including food and sanitization items.

Priority of assistance services will be given to vulnerable populations, including:

  • The elderly
  • Those with disabilities
  • Those who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless
  • Low-income/loss of income households

Affected Kaua‘i residents seeking assistance can contact Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s Lihu‘e office at (808) 241-4673 (HOPE) to see if they qualify. CCH staff will provide those inquiring with information on the application process and required documentation.

Funds made possible by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation – Hawai‘i Resilience Fund.


AUW COVID-19 Rent & Utilities Assistance Program (CRUA) – Funds for MAUI

Provides financial relief to individuals and families those at risk of losing their home or utility services. The program will support for any rent/utility arrears accumulated from March 15, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Pre-COVID household income at or below 80% of AMI (Area Median Income)
  • Documentation showing the loss of employment or a decrease in hours
  • Documentation showing filing for unemployment or partial unemployment
  • Client reports liquid assets of $1,000 or less
  • Rent payment of one month’s rent up to a maximum of $1,000
  • Each household may apply once each month up to three months

For more information or to apply for CRUA funds on Maui call us at (808) 873-4673.